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What color should I paint my art classroom?

Asked by SundayKittens (5826 points ) May 13th, 2010

I teach high school art. I do not want a mural on the wall. I’m thinking a combination of green and blue to CALM them and put them in a thoughtful mood and won’t interfere too much visually with posters in the room. Any suggestions or personal experiences?

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Yellow.It is supposed to inspire creativity.I am planning on painting my studio area that color :)

Cruiser's avatar

Let them paint it. I bet the result would be pretty cool!

zephyr826's avatar

I painted my (French) classroom a bright yellow (I think the color is “Thai Silk”) and then did a red latex-based glaze over the top with plastic bags. The kids seem to like it. It doesn’t really calm them though. If that’s what you’re looking for a blue/green combo may be the best choice.

dpworkin's avatar

When I was a museum exhibition director, we always used a soft off-white (Like Benjamin Moore’s Linen White) so that the artworks would take the focus and provide the color. I assume you hang student work, so that is what I would recommend.

save_the_tatas's avatar

I think you should make at least one wall look like a brickwall and should graffiti some words or quotes you like on it. It would take a little more work, but I think it would look super cool.

Ponderer983's avatar

Jackson Pollack the shit out of it!

susanc's avatar

I totally vote with dpworkin, as always. Don’t get all inventive with this. Let the students do that! If you feel off-white is too plain, blue-ish or green-ish would be fine, but grey it – don’t let it be vivid. The calming effect of pink is actually documented – it’s used in prisons – but presumably you don’t want to scare the homophobic boys by pinkifying.
Whatever you do, the walls will be active very soon, and won’t need competition! Kudos thoughtful art teacher.

perspicacious's avatar

Let the kids paint it. Split them into four groups and give them freedom to create.

JLeslie's avatar

I say some shade of white. That way you can hang the artwork up and it won’t make anyone dizzy. You can paint the baseboards and the door an interesting color maybe? I really dislike yellow, which many have mentioned here, just a matter of opinion of course.

chamelopotamus's avatar

Maybe they shouldnt be calm, maybe they should be alert and agitated, through oranges, reds, and yellows. Put some fire in their belly and get them ticking.

The_Idler's avatar

You need white or offwhite, for the colour definition whilst working.

Otherwise it makes those nice natural-white lamps useless.

charliecompany34's avatar

pea green and soft orange

Fred931's avatar

Choose one, two, or even 3 walls (if you’re that crazy breed of art teacher) and throw every color you have in that art room at it (them). I’ll bring my paintball gun. for the other three/two/one, use something that won’t burn your eyes out of their sockets. Those (that) will be the wall(s) you put stuff up on.

JLeslie's avatar

@charliecompany34 I love green and orange in almost any hue. I have a lot of it in my house.

jazmina88's avatar

orange….every wall a different color

augustlan's avatar

I like a nice bluish or greenish grey. Works as a neutral, but isn’t as stark as white.

veronasgirl's avatar

I am an art teacher and my number one rule is allowing my students freedom in creativity. Let them paint it. Let them come together as a team and make creative decisions, you and the principal can approve of it of course. But this is a wonderful learning opportunity for the students and for you, take advantage of it! :)

The_Idler's avatar

That’s fine if you teach kids,
but when the work actually matters, surely the quality of light is of primary importance?

kruger_d's avatar

No murals. Art rooms look chaotic enough between the posters, supplies, equipment, and actual art hanging around. Artists do deal with chaos better than some, but not all art students have an artist’s temperment. Busy rooms can be really difficult for kids with autism or ADHD. Go with what works with your flooring, cabinetry, and trim just like you would at home. Also test it, because some colors can look pretty sick under fluorescent lighting. I think a soft greyed green would be nice. Go with what makes you feel good. After all, you’re the only one spending the whole day there.
If you want to involve your students, take the opportunity to talk about color harmonies and interior design.

beatrixtuffy's avatar

Actually, choosing colours for painting is absolutely most important part. So, I want to suggest you that you must consider attractive colours or primary colours for creating your art more superb. Even I also do the same.

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